About Us

A Better Way Therapy was founded in 2005, when the owner wanted to gather together a team of great therapists, and keep them for longer through better pay and respect in order to better meet the needs of our clients. With two offices in Omaha, NE and an office in South Sioux City, NE, our therapists are able to help patients of any age and with almost any mental health or chemical dependency issue.

We are proud to now offer the BrainTap headset as well as telemedicine technology as other treatment services, plus the option for online payments.

Learn more about our therapists below!

Our Omaha Team

Bruce Hugunin LIMHP, LADC

Executive Director, Full-Time Therapist

Phone: 402-813-2235
Email: bhugunin@cox.net

Education: MA from the University of Kansas. BA From Buena Vista College

Experience: Before starting A Better Way Therapy, Bruce was a Director for outpatient services at a behavioral health company in Omaha and also worked for several places including Boys Town and Alegent Health Hospital.

Expertise areas: Bruce works with all types of clients. His major areas of focus include anger management, Marriage counseling and alcohol and drug issues

Insurance panels: Self-Pay, BC/BS’s Blue Classic & Blue Preferred, Midlands Choice, Aetna, Cigna, Well Care, Nebreska Total Care, UHC Optum and Teamcare. Bruce is also credentialed by Medicaid.

Dr. Jennifer Brendle

Email: jennifer_brendle@cox.net

Education: Dr. Brendle got her Ph.D. from the University of North Dakota.

Experience: Over ten years of experience.

Expertise areas: General Psychological Evaluations & Diagnostic Interview Exams. She will go to lock up facilities (such as DCYC) to do psychological evaluations as well. Dr. Brendle supervises the therapists that work with A Better Way Therapy.

Carole Nelson LMHP

Part-Time Therapist

Phone: 402-208-7679
Email: canelson626@yahoo.com

Experience: Carole has over 20 years’ experience working with adolescents in school settings and in foster care. She also has 10 years’ experience with providing in-home therapy services to families in crisis.

Expertise areas: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety/ Depression, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills for Borderline Personality Disorder, Mood Disorders, works with Developmental Disabilities, Christian counselor

Insurance panels: Self-Pay, BCBS, Aetna, Midlands Choice, Medicaid, Well Care, Nebreska Total Care, UHC Optum and others.

Laurie Crayne LMHP

Full-Time Therapist

Phone: 402-850-5329

Email: laurie.crayne@gmail.com

Education: MS from University of Bellevue in Health and Human Services.

Experience: Worked at the Behaven program for 10 years before joining the staff at A Better Way Therapy in 2012.

Expertise: Laurie works well with autistic, out of control children, victims of abuse, anxiety, depression, anger management, Children to adults. Laurie has done a great job building relationships with clients and has a good sense of humor.

Insurance Panels: Medicaid, Well Care, Nebreska Total Care, UHC Optum, Blue cross Blue Shield, Midlands Choice, Aetna and others. Also accepts Self pay.

Rob Runion, M.S.E., MBA, LMHP

Full-Time Therapist

Phone: 402-631-9360
Email: rob_runion@outlook.com

Education: Master’s of Science in Education specializing in Agency-Based Counseling, Master’s of Business Administration. Bachelor’s in Human Service Counseling. All from Wayne State College.

Experience: Rob has over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, and businesses in community based agencies, schools, small businesses, large corporations, intensive outpatient programs, treatment day programs, and group homes.

Expertise areas: PCIT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Marital Issues, Parenting Skills, Anger Management, Adjustment Disorders, Behavioral Disorders, Christian Counseling, and others.

Insurance panels: Self-Pay, BCBS, Medicaid, Magellan, Aetna, Midlands Choice, Well Care, Nebreska Total Care, UHC Optum and others.

Yvonne Schlueter-Promes, M.S.E. CPC – LIMHP

Full-Time Therapist

Phone: 402-677-9551
Email: promes@cox.net

Education: Master’s of Science in Education specializing in Agency-Based Counseling from Wayne State College Experience: Yvonne worked for Boys Town for 16 years and at Behaven part time as a therapist. Yvonne has 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, individuals, and families in crisis. Yvonne has worked in adoption centers, domestic violence agencies, foster care agencies, hospitals, in-home therapy services, shelters, and schools.

Expertise: ADHD, Adjustment Disorders, Adoption/Attachment Issues, Anger Management, Anxiety Disorders, Behavior Disorders, Bipolar Issues, Child Abuse, Chronic Illnesses, Codependency, Conduct Disorders, Couples Therapy, Crisis Intervention, Career Issues, Eating Disorders, Family Therapy, Grief Counseling, Impulse Control Disorder, Infertility Issues, Learning Disabilities, Major Depression, Marital Therapy, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Panic Disorders, Parenting Issues, Postpartum Depression, PTSD, Separation/Divorce, Sexual Abuse, Sleep Disorders, and Stress Management.

Insurance panels: Self-Pay, BCBS, Medicaid, Magellan, Aetna, Midlands Choice, United Health Care and others, Well Care, Nebreska Total Care, UHC Optum.

Laura Gregory PLMHP

Full-Time Therapist

Phone: 402-301-3966
Email: lauralgregory@gmail.com

Education: Masters of Science in Clinical Counseling from Bellevue University, Bachelors of Science in Behavioral Science from Bellevue University, Associate of Applied Science in Occupation Therapy Assisting.

Experience: Laura worked for five years as a Social Service Worker for the Department of Health and Human Services prior to becoming a Therapist. Laura has also worked as an Employment Specialist in a Behavioral Health Employment Program. She works well with children, adolescents, and adults. Laura is a Board Member and active volunteer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Expertise areas: Anxiety Disorder, ADHD, Depression, Adjustment Disorder, Panic Disorder, Parenting Issues, Marriage/Couples Counseling, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Separation/Divorce, Bipolar Disorder, Stress Management, Abuse/Neglect, Career Issues, Play Therapy, and Family Therapy.

Insurance panels: Self-Pay, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Well Care, Nebreska Total Care, UHC Optum, Medicaid

Pete Myhr LIMHP

Full-Time Therapist

Phone: 402-679-7189
Email: pmyhrabw@gmail.com

Education: MA from the University of NE at Omaha

Experience: Pete has over 10 years of experience in the counseling field. He works well with both adults and adolescents. He has worked on his own as a therapist for many years before joining us full-time. He also has several years working as a counselor at a high school.

Expertise areas: ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Anger Management, Behavior Disorders in Adolescents, Crisis Intervention, Family Therapy, Major Depression, Mood Disorders, and Parenting Issues.

Insurance panels: BCBS, Aetna, Medicaid, Well Care, Nebreska Total Care, UHC Optum and various others. Pete also accepts private pay clients.

Sergio Palomo LIMHP

Full-Time Therapist

Phone: 402-709-1496

Email: Sergiopalomo1@ymail.com

Education: Received Masters of Science in Counseling from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Experience: Sergio has worked at several mental health agencies in the Omaha area including Boys Town National Research Hospital, and Munroe-Meyer Institute. Sergio has been working in the mental health field for a decade and has vast experience with young children, adolescent, Developmentally and Intellectually disabled, and adult individual therapy.

Expertise: Behaviors disorders in pediatric and adolescent children, Developmentally Disabled, ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Conduct Disorders, Mood Disorders, Parenting Issues, Adjustment Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, Personality Disorders, and Crisis Management. Also works with adults with the above issues. Soon will be approved to do CD evaluations.

Sergio speaks a little Spanish, but is not fluent.

Insurance panels: BCBS, UHC, Aetna Medicaid, Wellcare, NE. Total care, and Cash Pay.

Kara Abbott, MS PLMHP, PLADC

Full-Time Therapist

Phone: 402-708-9389
Email: Kara_Brooke@hotmail.com

Education: Graduated from Bellevue University in clinical counseling Master’s of Science.

Experience: Kara worked as a probation officer prior to becoming a therapist. She works well with all ages. Kara does well building healthy therapeutic relationships with her clients.

Expertise: Marital or couples counseling, ADHD, Adjustment Disorders, Adoption/Attachment Issues, Anger Management, Anxiety Disorders, Behavior Disorders, Child Abuse, Addictions, Codependency, Eating Disorders, Family Therapy, Grief Counseling, Learning Disabilities, Major Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Panic Disorders, Parenting Issues, PTSD, Separation/Divorce, Sexual Abuse, Sleep Disorders, and Stress Management.

Insurance panels: Self-Pay, BCBS, Medicaid, UHC Optum through Medicaid, Wellcare & NE Total Care.

Sep Khalili-Tari, PLMHP

Email: skhalilitari@gmail.com

Phone: (call or text) 402-212-0251

Education: Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Experience: Sep has worked at Boys Town Residential Treatment Center with adolescents with behavioral concerns, history of trauma, depression, and anxiety. Sep has also worked at OMNI Behavioral Health with adolescents and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as at Community Alliance with adults with severe mental disorders and co-occurring disorders.

Expertise: Sep works with individuals of various ages, backgrounds, and mental health concerns and is always open to adjusting his treatment approach to best assist clients with their goals. Issues that Sep can help with include but are not limited to: Depression, Bipolar disorder, Anxiety, Stress Management, Communication issues, PTSD, Addictions, Grief, Family Therapy, and Couples Therapy.

Insurance panels: Self-pay, BCBS, and Medicaid(Nebraska Total Care, Optum (UHC), Wellcare)

Our South Sioux City Team

Janie Snieder M.A. NCC LIMHP

Full-Time Therapist

Phone: 712-253-3925
Email: janiesnieder@hotmail.com

Education: M.A. in Community/Agency Counseling from University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD

Experience: Has worked as a mental health therapist in South Sioux City, Nebraska and surrounding areas for over 10 years.

Expertise areas: Janie is a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner in the State of Nebraska. She supervises other therapists in addition to providing therapy. Janie has extensive experience working with foster children and cases referred by NHHS. She also has experience with victim issues, ADHD/ODD, anxiety, depression and couples counseling. She is trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).

Kyle Wockenfuss, MA, PLMHP

Full-Time Therapist

Phone: 402-418-1540
Email: kwock15@gmail.com

Education: Kyle has his MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD, and currently enrolled in the Doctoral Program in Counselor Education and Supervision.

Experience: Kyle has enjoyed working in the mental health field in both Nebraska and South Dakota, working in both inpatient and outpatient settings. He conducts in-home and in-office therapy, and is willing to provide services on weekends.

Areas of interest: Range from Child and Adolescent Development, Men’s Treatment, Divorce, Anger Management, Aging, LGBT, Depression, Anxiety, and Abuse/Neglect.

Cassi Stark M.S Ed., NCC, LIMHP,

Full-Time Therapist

Phone: 402-913-0552
Email: betterwaycs@gmail.com

Education: M.S Ed. in Community Counseling from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, NE.

Experience: Cassi has worked as a mental health therapist in Nebraska for over 10 years. Experience includes clinical work with babies/children, adolescents, adults, families; and psychoeducational, counseling and reflection groups.

Expertise Areas: Cassi is a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner in the State of Nebraska and Iowa. She enjoys working with individuals and families. She has experience working with adjustments, ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, and Trauma. She is trained in the following evidenced-based therapies: Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Circle of Security (COS), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and is a certified Adoption Competent Therapist (TAC).

For more information about our therapists and their expertise, or to schedule an appointment for in-home or in-office therapy, call our Omaha offices today at 402-813-2235 or our South Sioux City office at 712-253-3925!